Testimonials
Pacific Lutheran High School
1473 West 182nd St. Gardena, CA 90248 - Tel: 310-538-6863

Testimonials

Parents and Students Testimonials

 

PARENT QUOTES


How effective was Pacific Lutheran High School's instruction?

 

"Pacific Lutheran High School was effective and in fact, vital in preparing my daughter for Pepperdine University. The teachers, principal, and counselors at PLHS encouraged her to take on leadership roles at school that helped her prepare for her future."

 

"Very effective...my child's study habits, grades, test scores only got better every year."

 

"I believe the education at PLHS was very effective in preparing him for college. The curriculum is rigorous and fosters critical, logical thinking which will serve him well in future education."

 

"The school helped our child to stand strong in the Lord and how to walk with God to the future."

 

"Very good...he is ready to go out in the world and take the next step - college."

 

"The preparation was definitely several levels above that found in the public school arena. The levels achieved at PLHS stand out as grade point averages I'm sure verify."

 

"I was very pleased with the instruction given to my daughter and preparing her for the future."

 

"Overall we felt the instruction was very good in preparing our child for college. Most courses seemed to be challenging and many were at or near the college level."

 

"Very effective...my child is well-prepared."

 

What were some skills your child gained from PLHS?
 

"PacLu helped her gain her confidence back due to the caring environment and the understanding of the teachers. She felt that she would do the work and if there was something she didn't understand, she felt comfortable to ask questions."

 

"She gained many organizational, planning and leadership skills. She also benefited tremendously from the music program and instructor, who taught her musical proficiency and increased her knowledge."

 

"Team building and study skills."

 

"My child gained the skills of discipline in how she approaches her studies and also in how she spread her faith. We believe activities like the end of year trip also taught her life skills."

 

"Above all else learning the Bible. Applying God's teachings to your school experience at a faith-based school is priceless."

 

"I would say study and interpersonal skills that can only be attributed to PLHS staff. Both the administration and teachers helped with this."

 

"Selflessness and attitude improved."

 

"English and Math."

 

"He gained respect for teachers and learned responsibility. He has been maturing in many areas due to teacher leadership."

 

"How to get along with other cultures. English was also a valuable skill my child learned."

 

"Some skills gained were organizational skills and study skills. Also I believe my son gained additional "people" skills. He learned how to deal with people/students at different grade levels."

 

 

STUDENT QUOTES

 

How effective was Pacific Lutheran High School's instruction?

 

"Pacific Lutheran High School helped instill important skills and qualities within me, but left a great amount of room for me to learn and grow as an individual. I was effectively guided through the things I was required to learn, but I was also encouraged to step out of my comfort zone and do things that would help prepare me for independence and individuality."

 

"Being at Pacific Lutheran helped me in numerous ways because the teachers were very hands on with the learning and they came prepared to teach the class. Whenever I needed help, the teachers were very supportive and helped me out with what I needed."

 

"Very effective in preparing me for my future education. I only attended for two years but these two years have really helped me grow in the person I am now. I really grew up and matured during these two years.

PLHS was very effective in preparing me for future education because I learned what to expect in college and skills that will help me."

 

"It made me a man. The school gave you a punishment for not doing homework (ZAP) which made me want to do my homework. Then after a while I got used to doing homework and now I don't mind it.

I learned a lot about American culture and history and I also liked Government and Economics. (International student from Italy)"

 

"It was very effective. I learned a lot and I am ready for college."

 

"Since the school is a small school, it's really good to build good relationships between teachers and students. Therefore students could learn well and be prepared for college."

What were some skills you gained from the school you believe to be most important for your future?
 

"Math and Theology skills.Some of the skills I gained were being able to make new friends and be myself around them. Being a more open person and wanting to take risks will help me with my future in college and other things."

 

"I learned about Jesus a lot. I also learned life skills and how to serve the community."

 

"Good social skills from dealing with a small, diverse group of kids. I have learned to keep myself out of business I don't need to be in."

 

"Perseverance. This helped me a lot."

 

"Important skills I gained from Pacific Lutheran include the following: strong leadership, more efficient time management, and composure under pressure."

 

"More knowledge about Christianity."

 

"Devotion, prayer, and reading my Bible."

 

"I'm closer to God I would say. I also learned better writing skills."

 

"I learned teamwork during the camping trip and that was a lot of fun; also all the races and competitions during spring week."

 

"I learned self-confidence, leadership skills and how to be a better person."

 

"Language skills, writing/grammar skills and how to communicate with others."

 

"How to help and collaborate with others."

 

"I gained a lot of academic confidence. The caring teachers and the understanding of the teachers really helped me. I felt comfortable asking questions."

 

"I learned organizational skills. You need to be organized to do well."

 


Alumni

"I went to Pacific Lutheran High School all four years. I was blessed by the people that I met who helped guide me to bigger and better things. The teachers at PLHS had our future in their minds and made sure that all of their students achieved their goals. I never felt that I was alone in class. The teachers were willing to help with any questions students might have, and even stayed after school to help. I enjoyed our weekly chapels and the great messages that were spoken. The principal always had fun on his mind and was looking for new ways to make the students enjoy school. I loved all the trips that we took, and the memories I have are all good. I now am going to El Camino Community College and love it. I was sent to college well-prepared and knew what to expect when entering college. I am thankful for the experiences I had at Pacific Lutheran High School."  (Stephanie)

"When I arrived at Pacific Lutheran my freshman year, i didn't know what to expect. I had never been to a private school and wasn't use to such a small school. Sitting in first period, I quickly began making friends. I started getting to know the teachers as well and began to see them not just as instructors, but as friends. i had never had a teacher who could both teach, advise me about life, and help my faith to grow. Every year, high school got better and better. My class got closer and I was learning more than any public school could teach me. I got the help I needed with academics when I needed, and was having a lot of fun at PLHS. The teachers were able to teach while making the lessons interactive. I also never expected a Spanish teacher to act like a mother when it was needed. I was able to talk to the teachers and they listened to any problem brought to them without judgment. They knew not just my name but who I was. We went on the best school trips to the Grand Canyon, house boating on Lake Powell, and so much more. I had never experienced life that way. We learned not only about the places we traveled to, but how it also was God's work that made it all possible. Those trips made everyone closer to each other and personally brought me closer to God. Some of my best friends today are the ones I made at PLHS and have shared the best experiences I have ever had with them. As a school, we experienced new places and what it truly meant to be Christian. From my first day of school, to the final walk at graduation, I have never regretted any moments at PLHS and am so thankful to have been there every year. I can say that PLHS has made me the person I am today." (Elvia)

"When considering high schools I think it's important to remember that this is often a very difficult point in peoples' lives. Christians especially can struggle in the wrong environment. Pacific Lutheran provides a safe haven from many things teens face at other schools. It provides the opportunity to not only maintain your faith but to have it flourish. If you are struggling with anything at Pacific Lutheran, whether it's a school issue, emotional issue or a faith issue, you can talk to the teachers and they all are happy to listen and help anyway possible. Here every class is Christ-centered from theology where it seems logical to math classes where teachers’ passion and love of teaching clearly display Christian qualities. Students aren't hidden from other viewpoints and issues in the world. Theology class is often filled with learning about other points of view and comparison to Christianity. When students leave they will be confident in their faith, and prepared to share it with whoever may come along.

Many people consider preparation for college and the rest of your life a major goal of high school. At Pacific Lutheran you will learn from books, teachers, videos, experiments, field trips, each other and yourself. You learn so quickly and in so many ways it's amazing. For instance, in my time at PLHS I have had to do probably hundreds of projects. Sometimes I was partners with my best friends, but more often I was partnered with people I didn't interact with as much. This sometimes made things difficult, but most of the time started new friendships. Group work is often the hardest but it taught me to be a strong team player and a strong leader - skills vital for college and work life. The school didn't just prepare me for college, they helped me with the process, Most of the teachers took time out to give me advice and help me along the way. This led to finishing my application months earlier than most people and finding out about my acceptance soon after.

After going to Pacific Lutheran High School you will have a thorough education in all typical high school classes, a stronger and better understood faith, complete preparation for college, and friends and teachers who are more like family than anything else." (Peter)

"My years at Pacific Lutheran were wonderful - full of friends, fun, and faith. The students and faculty came together to create a Christian community that truly nurtured my academic growth as well as spiritual growth. Pacific Lutheran is a family. The teachers are both mentors and friends, and give their students the one-on-one attention they need, according to each student's level.

One of my favorite aspects of Pacific Lutheran was all the various trips during the year. These trips enabled me to connect with students and teachers in ways not possible in a classroom setting. White-water rafting and jumping off 30 foot cliffs with our principal, watching a "rap-off" between our English teacher and a fellow student, and listening to teachers sharing devotionals are all memories that we students will cherish the rest of our lives. The high school years can be intense and difficult, and going through it on your own can be a challenge, but Pacific Lutheran provides a school full of people who care for you and are there to support you. I loved my experience and this school and I'm sure you will too!" (Kayla)

"Pacific Lutheran High School provided me a quality environment for personal growth. I am glad that I had the opportunity to attend Pacific Lutheran, where I obtained benefits I could not have gained at other schools. Pacific Lutheran offered me a one-of-a-kind learning experience, a place where I developed meaningful interactions amongst both faculty and fellow peers. Whether it be advancing my knowledge in the academic subject areas or building up my faith through the study of theology, Pacific Lutheran provided the resources for intellectual and spiritual growth. Additionally, I enjoyed other opportunities the school provided such as extracurricular activities and outdoor trips. My years at Pacific Lutheran were certainly a memorable educational experience." (Jimin)
 


 




Pacific Lutheran High School 

1473 West 182nd St.
Gardena, CA 90248 
Tel: 310-538-6863